15
Mar

Sorry everyone – I am sick with the flu at the moment :( I can barely crawl out of bed and my mind feels pretty fuzzy – hopefully I will be feeling better soon so I can get back to e-mails and work out pickups for Calla and Iris’s litters. Thanks for your patience!

12
Mar

I just finished uploading the new pictures of all 3 litters. The pictures aren’t the best…but I had a lot of babies to do, the older litters are tough to photograph at this age, and I haven’t been feeling too well, I just didn’t have the energy to spend hours taking pictures! So…I did the best I could! The pictures of Lovett’s litter are a little better…they aren’t too active yet :)

11
Mar

My next two litters have been paired today. Beadle x Johanna, and Milo x Lyric. I have bred the 2 litters a little earlier than I’d hoped, but I am hoping to breed my dog (Kessy) in the next 2 weeks and I don’t want to have to be raising rat litters and puppies at the same time :) So I am breeding these 2 rat litters, then I will be taking a break for a few months. Hopefully everything goes okay for Kessy…it has been my dream for 10 years to breed dogs and now I finally have the right dog and the timing is right!

I may have to go away for a few days next week to take her to the stud – but I will post if that happens so everyone will know I won’t be available.

All the babies from my older 2 litters have been reserved. Reservations for Lovett’s litter have not been done yet, but they will be going to people already on the waiting list. There may be some rats available from the next two litters, but the waiting list is pretty long right now so I can’t say for sure until they’re born!

Lovett’s litter is doing great – their eyes have started to open, a little early, but they are BIG chubby babies. She is taking really great care of them! I will get pictures up soon, once everyone’s eyes are open. Probably over the weekend.

Tonight I was feeling a little sentimental, and I took some picture of my “seniors” Here is my 2+ crew…Yogi, Ditto, Hoover, Jasper, and Jelly Belly.

Hoover and Jasper (the rexes) are pretty threadbare, but that is normal for male rexes at this age. But otherwise everyone is in good shape. Hoover is the oldest at 28 months, and Yogi is the youngest, he just turned 2. I am not one for birthdays (human or animal!), but it is a milestone!

I also took a few pictures of Hoover and some of his direct descendants.
Hoover - 4 Generations
From left to right…PH Buttercup (2nd generation), PH Hoover (1st generation), PH Be Mine (2nd AND 4th generation), PH Iris (3rd generation), PH Sweet Talk (2nd AND 4th generation).

Another picture…
The Hoover Family

I wish I could get a good pictures of all of them together (with no one grooming or squinting or facing away!) but that’s not an easy task!

05
Mar

Reservations have started for Iris and Calla’s litters. If you are on the waiting list, keep an eye on your inbox this week! Pictures of those two litters were updated last night. They were surprisingly cooperative…usually at this age they are zipping around and really hard to photograph but they were really quiet and still for me which was really nice!

Here is a photo of Lovett’s litter taken today. Here are the boys – 2 black and 4 agouti
Lovett's litter at 1 week

And the girls – 3 black, 1 agouti, 1 russian blue agouti

28
Feb

Lovett’s litter is doing great. Their ears have opened up a day early, and I have an initial count of what we’ve got :)
For the males – 2 standard eared rex, 2 dumbo rex, 2 dumbo standard coats
And the females – 2 dumbo rex, 1 dumbo standard coat, 2 standard eared rex

Here is a quick picture of the gang…you can see the second one from the right is lighter than the others…I can’t wait to see what color it turns out to be!
Lovett's Litter at 2 Days

And Lovett says…
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(Sorry – she was walking on the keyboard!)

27
Feb

As expected, PH Lovett had her litter yesterday. There are 11, and she is an exceptional mother. She is very organized and keeps the nest perfect and the babies fed, but at the same time she is very relaxed (if that makes sense!). I believe there are 6 males and 5 females, and there is a good mix of standard and rex coats. Pictures will be posted soon!

I took some new pictures of Iris and Calla’s litters today – they are on their litter pages. Both litters are doing well. Reservations will start in about a week – a little later than usual, but I am trying to see how the rex coats develop in Iris’s litter before making any final decisions.

I also took some “fun” pictures of some of the babies…here are a few!!

And here is my Frex…he joined the babies for the photo shoot :)

I also have to share – one of the babies has the CUTEST belly markings! She has a perfect arrow on her belly…

I also have decided on themes for the 2 older litters, and have named the babies. Iris’s litter will have a Candy Hearts theme, and Calla’s litter has a “Lost” theme.

I also wanted to mention – I am behind on e-mails at the moment, I haven’t had much time this week to get on the computer and have had a flood of e-mails now that baby pictures are up :) I will try to get caught up tonight and tomorrow – thanks everyone for your patience!!

23
Feb

Today I have a little bad news, but mostly good! Calla’s litter is doing well. They are still being taken care of by Iris, and Calla is taking care of Iris’s litter. Unfortunately one of Calla’s little girls passed away. But the others are doing very well. They are still a little small, but they are growing fast.
I had little bit of a surprise in the litter…russian silver agoutis! There was some american blue way back in their pedigree, but I didn’t think that it would carry through since it hasn’t shown up in a long time. But 4 of Calla’s babies are russian silver agouti!
Of course it was impossible to breed this color when I was trying for it – and since I’ve stopped trying, it’s shown up in 2 litters now!
But without further adieu…here are Calla’s boys…from left to right: one russian silver agouti dumbo, one russian blue agouti, one russian blue agouti dumbo, and one russian silver agouti.
Calla's boys at 14 days

And the girls…from left to right: russian silver agouti, russian blue agouti, russian silver agouti dumbo, russian blue agouti dumbo, russian blue agouti
Calla's girls at 14 days

I also took a few pictures of Iris’s litter…they are doing great!
Iris's litter

I also got some pictures of Lovett…she is not doe for 3 more days, but she is HUGE! She looks much bigger in person than in the picture – I guess it’s the angle…anyway – I am hoping she has a nice big litter!

18
Feb

Iris’s litter is doing great. Her babies are big and fat and beautiful! Here they are at 12 days old…

Iris's Litter at 12 Days
Calla is not quite the mom that Iris is. Her babies are a bit small and are behind in their development. Here they are at 9 days…

Calla's Litter at 9 Days

I’ve decided to “trade” moms for a day or so. Iris now has Calla’s litter, and Calla has Iris’s. Hopefully Iris can get some weight on Calla’s litter so they can catch up!
I am not crazy about having to switch moms, but I am concerned that I would start losing Calla’s babies if I didn’t intervene. I could supplement with milk replacer, but mother’s milk is the best thing for them, and I think this is the best way. Hopefully it helps!

15
Feb

I finally got the site updated today. I forgot to mention in my last post, but I’d switched hosts when I renewed my website for the year. I couldn’t log into the FTP account to update things…but I finally got it resolved and had lots of updates ready to go.

Here is Iris’s litter. There is 1 little boy, and 6 girls. All are dumbo; all are rex except for one. The male is a russian blue agouti. The girls (not in order) are one mink (standard coat), one russian blue, one russian blue agouti, one black, one agouti, and one cinnamon.

Iris's Litter

In this litter, I was really hoping for a russian dove or russian cinnamon. I didn’t get it, but I am happy to have a succcesful litter from my old guy Hoover. It doesn’t look like there are any double rexes, which I am actually happy about. I have a lot of rexes at the moment, and don’t want to have too much rex in my breeding program! I was also hoping to get a harley – but I have the worst luck with them :) I’ve just about given up on bringing back harleys at this point.

Calla’s litter is doing great. There are 10 of them…6 girls and 4 boys. I am not sure of colors yet, but I think there are both russian blue agoutis and russian blues. I wasn’t sure if I’d get both colors – it depends on whether Calla carries the non-agouti gene or not. But unless some other color has popped up, it looks like she does. They are a mixture of standard and dumbo ears.

Here are the boys…the one on the right is quite small, but hopefully he continues to grow!
Calla's Boys at 6 Days

And the girls…
Calla's Girls at 6 Days

I am expecting one more litter to be born at the end of the month – between Hoover and Lovett. Lovett has put on weight since the breeding, so I do believe she is pregnant.

07
Feb

Well – I decided that it’s time for a change, and that I would make a new blog. ┬áMy old one can still be viewed here, but this is the site I will be using from now on.

This will be my first post of the year as well…and I am excited to say that this will be my 5th year of breeding! My first litter of the year was born today – PH Hoover and PH Iris graced us with 9 little ones yesterday. I took a quick peek at the babies, and there are lots of curly coated ones, one standard coated girl, and…one that might just be a harley! She could also be a satin…both look very similar until they are about 2-3 weeks of age. So I guess time will tell, I don’t want to get my hopes up yet. I thought I’d lost the harleys, and this might just bring them back – we’ll see!

Iris’s sister, Calla, should have her litter in about 3 days. I am expecting russian blue agoutis and hopefully some russian blues. Both are lovely colors, but I am hoping to breed out the agouti gene as soon as I can so I can focus completely on the colors I want to work on – russian blue and dove.

I’ve also bred Hoover and Lovett…she will hopefully have her litter on the 26th. I bred her a little younger than I usually do, but Hoover is getting older (27 months now), and I am afraid that he will no longer be fertile if I wait much longer. Fertility often drops off at about 2 years of age, and this is the latest I’ve ever tried to breed one of my males. Hopefully he is still fertile, since he produced a normal-sized litter with Iris, but I guess anything is possible. We’ll find out in a few weeks!